The 10 Most Crazy Delicious Foods You Must Eat in Paris

Croissant Paris

So, what’s good to eat in Paris? Um, if memory recalls, everything.

As I sit and wait for the French ministry of labor to send back my visa documents, I’ve been musing over some of the most delicious meals I’ve enjoyed in France over the past three summers. Hopefully the ministry sends the documents soon because this list is starting to make me hungry.

Note: This list does not include cheese or bread as both of these things are so spectacular in Paris that they require their own lists.

1. Macarons


Ah, macarons. These tiny Parisian cookies come in a hundred flavors, melt in your mouth and are neat enough not to crumb up your outfit. Perhaps the girliest desserts known to mankind, they can be found at the famous, adorably prissy pastry shop, Ladurée. My favorite flavor at Ladurée is orange blossom.

There are multiple Ladurée locations so check the website link above to find one near you.

You can also learn how to bake your own macarons. Sign up for a macaron baking class here.

2. Mussels

Tiny, gorgeous mussels bathed in bacon and cream. Need I say more?

Find these and more pork-flavored goodness at Au Pied de Cochon, also known as the Foot of the Pig. This restaurant is one of the last-standing haunts from Les Halles, the working-class market that fed Paris for nearly 1,000 years. Sadly Les Halles was demolished in 1971, but Au Pied du Couchon carries the flame for simple, honest and fattening food.

3. Chèvre chaud (Goat cheese salad)

Chevre Chaud Salad

This salad is one of my favorite bistro dishes ever. It’s a winning combination of shallot vinaigrette, tomatoes, and hot little rounds of melted goat cheese on bread.

As seen below, it pairs well with a glass of cold rosé and a bustling café atmosphere. This café, L’Arsenal, is located on the busy rue Saint-Antoine in the 4th arrondissement.

Where to find it: L’Arsenal, 36, rue Saint-Antoine

4. Rôtisserie chicken potatoes from the butcher shop

French potatoes

When you walk past the rôtisserie shops in Paris you will see rows of chickens turning on spits. If you peek below them, you will observe potatoes eagerly waiting to catch the chicken juices. You can buy these delicious, chicken-flavored potatoes and take them home for dinner.

And while we’re on the subject of chicken, the best chicken in France is poulet de Bresse. It’s really expensive but worth it.

5. Boudin noir

Boudin noir sounds a lot sexier than black pudding or blood sausage, but it’s the same thing. Don’t be scared of what it’s made of- it’s actually rich, delicious and full of iron. I especially love boudin noir antillais, which is a spicier version from the French Caribbean.

You can find boudin noir at any charcuterie and at also at many restaurants and bistros.

6. Galettes and Crêpes

Buckwheat crepe

While you often see street vendors whipping up freshly made crêpes with Nutella, banana or strawberry, they’ve always been a bit too sweet for me.

I never liked crêpes until I had Brittany crêpes at Cat’Man Crêperie. Once I tasted an authentic Breton buckwheat galette, with its nutty, earthy flavor, I was hooked. I highly recommend a galette complete, which is filled with Emmenthal cheese, jambon de pays (ham) and a fried egg.

Also fantastic- sweet crêpes slathered in salted butter caramel.  Cat’Man’s version of a crêpe au caramel au beurre salé is the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Sweet crepe

7. Financier (Almond Cake)


Whenever the lady I work for in France needs to bring a cake to a party, we make a financier together. The ingredients are simple: almond flour, butter, sugar and eggs.

This simple almond cake is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is called a financier because it is an expensive cake, with almond flour being one of the pricier flours. It is also traditionally baked in a rectangular pan and resembles a brick of gold.

You can find this cake in mini form at almost any bakery. Just ask for ‘financiers’.

8. Pâté


Wikipedia defines pâté as “a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste.” While the definition is accurate, it’s actually much more appetizing than that.

Pâté is generally eaten before dinner with a generous slice of bread. You can buy it at any charcuterie. My personal favorite is rabbit pâté (pâté de lapin).

9. Salted Butter from Pascal Beillevaire, a.k.a. the best butter in Paris

Baguette and butter

This pat of butter while costing a measly 1.50 euro, was freshly churned and covered in crunchy little flecks of salt. I brought it home to the kids I baby-sit for, and they raved, “It tastes like milk!”

It was truly the best butter I’ve ever had in my life.

If you would too would like to squeal in delight, head over to Pascal Beillevaire, a chain of cheese shops across France.

Where to find it: Pascal Beillevaire, 77, rue St. Antoine, Paris

10. Chocolates from Patrick Roger

Admittedly I’ve been known to wander around Paris from chocolate shop to chocolate shop.

A favorite? Patrick Roger. This self-proclaimed chocolate artist not only creates perfect chocolates with flavors like Ethiopian coffee and jasmine flower, Roger also sculpts chocolate artwork. When I was there last summer his store was displaying an enormous sculpture of several hippos swimming together. It was quite beautiful, actually.

His store has two different locations in Paris so check his website.

For more great ideas on what to eat in Paris, Check out David Lebovitz‘s list.

 What are your favorite foods to eat in France?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

16 thoughts on “The 10 Most Crazy Delicious Foods You Must Eat in Paris”

  1. I have a massive pate craving now! I love it on crunchy French bread! Sadly, I’m in a small town in Peru and I haven’t seen pate for 3 months. I’m going out now to try to find something else to stave off the hunger!

    • Haha well I would trade you for ceviche! That’s like my favorite food in the world and I’m sure it’s really good in Peru. I’m jealous!

    • That’s so funny, I was going to put that one but I thought people would think it was weird! It’s so delicious, especially grilled.

  2. The only thing I would add is foie gras.

    Last time I was in Paris, I brought home 20kg of butter from Beillevaire. They will vacuum pack it and if you freeze it prior to your flight, it can keep other things cold.

    Get both – salted, and unsalted.

    Their creme fraiche is equally spectacular.

  3. Yum is all I have to say. It all looks delicious. I could use some pate right about now. And maybe some rotisserie chicken and potatoes. And some crepes too. Actually, maybe I’ll just have all of it looks so good.

  4. I spent a week in Paris and did not fall in love with any foods (quite the opposite – I found everything decidedly underwhelming)…I was obviously doing it completely wrong. Will have to remedy when I return someday!

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